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  • 10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Resort in Orlando

    How to Choose the Right Orlando Hotel

    There are many important considerations when searching for the right Orlando resort for your trip. Certainly, it is one of the most important things to consider when planning any vacation is finding the right resort for your stay, but with the vast range of properties available in Orlando, it is especially true here. The right combination of location, price and convenience can make all the difference when visiting a new city. Orlando is a large tourist destination offering a wide array of lodging options. Here, you will find anything from tent camping to five star resorts. Here are 10 things to consider when choosing a resort in Orlando, Florida:

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    If the main focus of your visit to Orlando is visiting the theme parks, consider staying on-site. Both Walt Disney World and Universal Studios have themed resorts on property, offering free transportation to and from the parks. Theme park resort guests are entitled to numerous perks, including extra park hours, free quick-que passes and priority dining reservations. Convenience is a big factor in choosing one of these resorts as they are nearby and oftentimes all-inclusive. Read More...

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    Stay Off-Site for Big Bargains
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    Similarly, staying off-site can cut the cost in half for a resort of the same scale. Theme park resorts are often priced for their on-site convenience, meaning that a resort that is just five minutes away but is non-affiliated can cost half the price. With these resorts, however, you’ll often have to pay your own daily transportation to the parks. If you are driving your own car, you should also take into consideration the daily $20 parking fee for each of the theme parks.

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    For bigger groups, Disney-owned villas include full living rooms and kitchens as well as separate bedrooms and bathrooms. If your vacation takes place over an extended time period or includes a large group of people, Disney’s Boardwalk Villas might be a suitable choice. The full kitchens offered at these villas can help with budget travel as they cut down on food costs. Read More...

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    For the best location in the city, opt to stay in one of the many International Drive resorts. These vary from budget motels to luxury resorts, and are in walking distance from hundreds of attractions. International Drive is the tourist center of the city, offering many restaurants and bars. The resorts located on I-Drive are arguably the best situated in the city as they are near anything and everything that Orlando visitors would be interested in doing. Read More...

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    Not planning on renting a car? Choose a resort that includes complimentary shuttles or has access to an I-RideTrolley bus stop. Many Orlando resorts include these complimentary shuttles to the theme parks as long as they are reserved 24 hours in advance, as they fill up quickly. Additionally, the city of Orlando is also home to the affordable I-Ride Trolley. This green and red ferry drives up and down International Drive going as far as SeaWorld Orlando on the east and the International Outlets on the west. The fare is between $1 and $2 depending on your destination, and it picks up every 20 minutes. There are various ferry stops throughout International Drive. Read More...

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    To stay near the financial district and local nightlife, choose a resort in Downtown Orlando. The modern city center is all-business during the day, comprised of many banks and law offices. At night, however, Downtown Orlando gives way to Wall Street and its lively nightlife. Dozens of bars, clubs and restaurants line the street, which is often closed to traffic after 21:00. Resorts in this area include Aloft Resort, Embassy Suites and The Grand Bohemian Hotel. Read More...

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    Thornton Park is the Hip, Arty Neighbourhood of Orlando
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    Stay in brick-lined Thornton Park to be near the arts village. Various unique hotels and bed & breakfasts give way to art galleries, museums and hole-in-the-wall restaurants. This area is home to the renowned Orlando Museum of Art and just a 5 minute walk from the iconic Lake Eola. The arts village stretches along Washington Street and Summerlin Avenue, with oak-shaded bungalows lining the street. For a reclusive vacation away from all the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas, a resort stay in this area would be ideal.

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    For an alternative vacation stay, Disney offers all-inclusive camping options from tent and RV set-ups to fully stocked cabins. Disney’s Fort Wilderness also includes recreational activities such as horseback riding and kayaking, and is near all theme parks. Although it gets quite warm in Orlando during the summertime, Disney’s cabins include center air-conditioning and two resort-style pools. Booking for Fort Wilderness is available online and should be done a few weeks in advance. Read More...

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    Traveling with a pet? Take this into careful consideration when choosing a resort in Orlando. The majority of Orlando resorts do not in fact allow pets, but there are a few exceptions. Walt Disney World offers Best Friends Pet Care – a place for your four-legged friends to stay at when they’re not under your watch. The previously mentioned Fort Wilderness also allows pets, given that all rules are followed. Some Marriott resorts allow pets as well, as well as various budget hotels such as La Quinta Inn. Read More...

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    For an all-encompassing resort stay that’s away from all the commotion but still near most attractions, opt to stay near the Disney Springs area. These surrounding resorts include everything from scenic backdrops to five-star spas. They are located near enough to have a great view of the Disney fireworks every night, but are considered off-site and priced accordingly. Most of these offer complimentary shuttles to both the Disney theme parks as well as Disney Springs. A local favorite in that area is the Hyatt Grand Cypress Resort. Read More...

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